Why Blue School Middle School?

Today, the science of adolescence teaches us that being driven by those distractions is biologically useful and important, and that they should be respected and leveraged by educators. Daniel Siegel, in his new book, Brainstorm, shows us the possible ways in which these attributes — what he refers to as E.S.S.E.N.C.E: Emotional Spark, Social Engagement, Novelty, Creative Explorations — make up the driving forces behind the adolescent brain. Siegel argues that it is because of the courage and creativity of adolescence that our species has been so adaptive and successful. We need this time of incredible brain growth — matching only the time between birth and age three — in order for humanity to survive and thrive. To make the most of this orientation, school should be a mystery, a challenge, a conversation and a process of self and world discovery stemming from adolescents’ social and intellectual curiosity.”
— Allison Gaines Pell, Huffington Post
Blue School’s expansion is an innovative initiative to embrace the actual realities of how the adolescent brain changes. Envision a school culture that cultivates the innate drive for collaboration so that adolescents compete not against each other, but against the world’s most pressing problems... If we give adolescents the respect and support they truly deserve, their courage, creativity and curiosity will be cultivated not discouraged, and their development, our family lives and even the world of the future can benefit. Think about it. Now it’s here.
— Dr. Dan Siegel, Advisory Board member and author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
I think of Blue School like a runway — the more he can get of this education, the stronger his lift-off, the greater the influence on his future. Blue School University? Yes, please! The way his learning is unfolding here is just magical.
— Blue School Parent
The middle school period of education is often painful for students, frustrating for teachers, and confusing for parents. Blue School is poised to radically change that formula.
— Larry Cohen, PhD, Advisory Board member and author of The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears

Middle School: Grades 6-8

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Adolescents have enormous potential for courageous and creative work. In the middle school years, the human brain changes at a rate matched only by the first three years of life, and children's capacities are naturally strengthened. Blue School's middle school program is designed to harness the potential of adolescents to act on their ideas, pursue high levels of scholarship, and become more fully realized as people and learners.


Middle Schoolers participate in a variety of courses that combine the individualized, inquiry-based approach of our primary program with an intentional shift to greater depth of knowledge and research in the content areas. In grades 6-8, all courses are organized around "Ways of Thinking" and our dynamic balance between academic mastery, creative thinking, and self and social learning. Students in 6-8th grades take required courses in Mathematics, Integrated Studies (team taught Science & World History), Novels and Nonfiction, and a variety of arts disciplines. In 7th and 8th grade, in addition to these required courses, production workshop, and collective, students choose four intensive courses which range from an analysis of the election to a study of printmaking. A sample list of intensives is included in the program offerings linked above. All students will take module-based health and physical education courses throughout 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. 


Integrated Studies

Novels & Nonfiction


Production Workshop 



Click here for more information on Middle School courses.

All curriculum is organized by Blue School’s 'Ways of Thinking', which include: